No matter what time of the year you come on a Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation, you will find plenty of unique things to do. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and sleigh rides in winter, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, biking and more in Summer…and then their Autumn! Fall in the Colorado Rockies is a sight to behold and a time of year most ranches have special activity weeks.
5 Unknown Secrets About Colorado Dude Ranches in September
Fall Hunting, Birding, & Fishing
When aspens turn from green to gold to tangerine and then crimson, and the air becomes brisk, it’s a magical time to be in Colorado’s high country. It’s also hunting season and many of our ranches provide perfect game access by hiking or horseback riding. And you know you’ll be well taken care of with delicious meals and comfortable accommodations.
Whether you’re hunting with a rifle, bow, or black powder… for elk, deer, antelope, moose and more you will have plenty of options. Both on private land or National Forest. Each ranch is different so check to see what’s available at each.
Quiet rivers in autumn lead to great fly fishing in Colorado. Many local anglers will hate for us to ‘spill the beans’, but fewer fisherman in the fall can lead to some great catches for those who are on the water!
And the best part about planning your next sporting excursion at a Colorado Dude Ranch… the cozy cabins, warm fireplaces, and hearty western cuisine that waits for you upon your return at the end of the day.
Dude Ranch Winters & Snow Sports
Horseback riding season starts in May or June, depending on the elevation of the dude ranch and when it’s safe to assume the snow will have melted. But some dude ranches have riding available throughout the year.
When snow blankets the Colorado Rocky Mountains, wildlife comes in a little closer to the dude ranch and suddenly that fire in the lodge takes on a whole new glow. Colorado’s arid climate produces some of the world’s best powder for snow sports. Skiing, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, dog-sledding, nature viewing, sleigh rides, ice climbing and hot tubing are a few of the possible activities.